I love thanksgiving, and I every year I get a clean palette to create a beautiful bird. This year, I am cooking with my Turkey Rub. It's a new product this season and I am so excited to share it. It adds incredible flavor to my turkey and makes deciding on what spices to add depth and flavor simple. And who doesn't want simple when cooking? I certainly don't mind, as long as it tastes like I've been working in the kitchen all day!
Place salt and sugar in a medium bowl and work together with your fingers to incorporate. Add in the rosemary and garlic and place turkey on a flat or V-shape roasting rack set inside a large roasting pan. Pack dry brine all over turkey, inside and out, nudging some into areas where the skin naturally separates from the bird, such as around the neck and top of the breast and between the legs and breast. Chill, uncovered, at least 12 hours and up to 2 days.
Place oven rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 425°. Rinse turkey and pat dry. Coat the the turkey generously first with olive oil and then with my Healthy On You® Turkey Spice Rub. Make sure to rub the spices under the skin, and inside the cavity. Place turkey, breast side up, on rack in roasting pan and pour 1 cup water into pan. This will prevent drippings from burning. Roast turkey, rotating pan back to front halfway through and adding more water by ½-cupfuls as needed to maintain some liquid in the pan, until skin is browned all over, 35–45 minutes.
Reduce oven temperature to 350° and continue to roast turkey, basting with the pan juices every 10–15 minutes and rotating pan every 30 minutes or so if bird is browning unevenly, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of breast registers 150° (temperature will continue to climb as the bird rests), 40–70 minutes longer. Transfer turkey to a cutting board and let rest at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour before carving.
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Healthy On You Recipes and cooking tips by Samantha Binkley. Many of these recipes use Samantha's 100% Organic Spice Blends that take the guess work out of cooking.